President’s Award


John W. Adamson, MD


Dr. Adamson completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in internal medicine and hematology at the University of Washington, he became head of the Division of Hematology in Seattle in1980 and was named a clinical research professor of the American Cancer Society in 1988. In 1989, he moved to New York City as president of the New York Blood Center and Director of its research institute. In 1998, he moved to Milwaukee as Executive Vice President for research at the Blood Center of Wisconsin and Director of its Blood Research Institute. Two years ago, he joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, as Clinical Professor of medicine in hematology/oncology. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific articles and reviews.

Previous responsibilities include: Editor-in-chief of the journal Blood, founding editor of Current Opinion in Hematology, President of the American Society of Hematology and President of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management. His clinical interests include the molecular biology of iron metabolism and the use of iron and erythropoietic stimulating agents in anemia management.